Here are some of the best scenic spots around South Africa to run with your baby.
Modderfontein Nature Reserve
There are various trail runs to choose from, starting from 10km − or opt for one of the guided walks around the reserve. There are over 250 bird species, some of which are not normally found in urban areas in Joburg, such as long-crested eagles and crimson-breasted shrikes. In addition, more indigenous plants and shrubs are being planted every day in the 275-hectare reserve. Afterwards, head over to the Dobbs Cottage at Val Bonne Country Estate, a country café restaurant that overlooks Grebe Dam and is surrounded by beautiful green lawns.
Emmarentia Dam and the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
Emmarentia Dam and the surrounding botanical gardens provide a beautiful green space where you can see lots of aquatic birdlife. Johannesburg Botanical Gardens has seven distinct gardens: the Herb Garden, the Hedge Garden, the Succulent Garden, the Shakespeare Garden, the Rose Garden, the Chapel Garden and the Arboretum (a collection composed exclusively of trees). It’s also a popular picnic site over weekends.
The flat surface of this Durban gem makes for an easy 5km run with an amazing view of the lighthouse. Join the Park Run every Saturday for a set distance or do it yourself as many times as you like. From there, you can sit on one of the benches with a takeaway coffee in one hand and a sippy cup in the other… or treat yourself to breakfast with a view at the magnificent Oyster Box Hotel.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is internationally acclaimed as one of the most magnificent botanical gardens in the world. Plants here include rare and endangered species and a wide variety of fynbos. In addition, there are also free guided tours and Bird Walks. Afterwards, head to the Kirstenbosch Tea Room for light meals and cakes in a relaxed setting.
Green Point Urban Park
This large natural park fills up over the weekends, but on weekdays you may have large stretches of it to yourself. Choose to run on the inner paved ring or combine it with the nearby Seapoint promenade if you want to go a bit further. From there, simply choose one of the restaurants on the promenade that takes your fancy to have a breather with your baby.
Top tips to buy a pram for your baby
- Think about your lifestyle and what type of pram will suit you best. If you’re very active and want to bring your baby along while you exercise, or if your family loves to fill your day with outings and activities, make sure you buy an all-terrain pram, which is sturdy with good suspension.
- Understand the dimensions of how big the pram is when it is folded and unfolded. Make sure that it will fit into your boot and double check that you can fold and unfold it easily (preferably one handed) when you have a baby and a nappy bag that you are carrying too.
- Check that baby is comfortable, particularly if you are buying a pram for a newborn. This means opting for a pram that is well-cushioned with lots of padding, preferably with a reclining seat and sun canopy so that baby can sleep anywhere if needed.
- Find out if there is extra storage such as hidden pouches. This will limit the amount of stuff that you need to take with you, particularly if you are exercising with your baby. At minimum, a pram should have space for essentials such as keys, phone, a clean nappy and baby bottle.
- Look at it as an investment, especially if you plan on having more than one child. A good pram will not only last through your baby’s first few years, but onto your next baby too. From there, it could be passed down to younger cousins. In addition, an exercise stroller is something that is both for baby and you.
The Thule Urban Glide 2 three-wheel stroller
Available in a single and double version, it has a modern and lightweight design, making it perfect for an active family that enjoys the great outdoors as well as for everyday use. The design includes large 16” wheels, suspension for comfort and control, and a swivel front wheel for strolling and manoeuvring around town that quickly and easily locks in place for jogging or rougher terrain.
The Thule Glide 2
This stroller is fast, lightweight, and designed for parents who enjoy running on all different types of terrain. Packed with intelligent design features, the Thule Glide 2 keeps children comfortable and safe. The fully adjustable, padded harness delivers a perfect fit and the ventilated canopy protects from the elements, while the integrated twist hand brake offers improved security and braking control on steep terrains. The rear suspension also means your child can relax and enjoy the ride, while the padded seat reclines to allow on-the-go naps.
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